Kabataan party-list has condemned hate crimes against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in its message of condolences to the families of victims of the Orlando shooting, which left at least 49 people dead.
Incoming Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago was referring to the gruesome incident over at Pulse nightclub in Florida where a lone gunman identified as Omar Mateen murdered club-goers at will around 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 12.
“The Filipino youth stand in solidarity with the American people, especially members of the LGBT, in calling justice for the victims of the Orlando shooting. This new spate of heinous killings perpetuated against members of the LGBT and people of color resonate deeply with the Filipino youth, who also clamor to end hate and the perpetration of senseless violence against marginalized sectors,” Elago pointed out.
Kabataan party-list and other youth groups will hold a candle-lighting activity in front of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Tuesday evening to express its solidarity with the victims of Orlando shooting.
“As we offer our thoughts and prayers, we also call on the US government to strongly pursue much-needed gun control legislation and other important steps to safeguard the rights and welfare of the LGBT,” Elago said.
Such hate crime, she added, is also happening in the Philippines as evidenced by the heinous killing of transgender Ashley Reilley, who was found stuffed in a suitcase last June 4 along Cavitex in Bacoor, Cavite.
Elago traced the tragedy to the absence of a law that punishes hate crimes against the LGBT community.
LLANESCA T. PANTI